A Tribe of Artists

Lady Bee, photo by Geoffrey Nelson

A Tribe of Artists:
Costumes and Culture of Burning Man


Western Folklife Center
Wiegand Gallery

March 30 through May 24, 2011

This exhibition features 14 life-sized photographs and three mannequins documenting the costumes of the Burning Man festival. Geoffrey Nelson photographs Burning Man attendees in a portable, tent-like studio that he transports and constructs on the desert playa. Although it is truly impossible to capture the Burning Man experience within the walls of a gallery, Nelson's installation celebrates the creativity and spirited energy generated by this internationally renowned gathering.

The community was invited to join the Western Folklife Center from 5:30 - 10:00 pm on Friday, April 29, for a participatory celebration of Burning Man art and culture. The event included a dance to music mixed by DJs at Burning Man 2010, the opportunity to mingle in your most self-expressive, creative attire, enjoying cold drinks at the Pioneer Saloon, and viewing of slide shows of photos from past Burning Man events. Free. Beginning at 6:30 pm, the exhibition tour of A Tribe of Artists: Costumes and Culture of Burning Man, in the Wiegand Gallery, with Geoffrey Nelson, curator and photographer of the exhibition. Then, when the light was right, a demonstration of fire spinners in action.


Big Helmet, photo by Geoffrey Nelson

Golfers, photo by Geoffrey NelsonOrganized by the Nevada Arts Council, A Tribe of Artists is one of the traveling exhibits in the Nevada Touring Initiative – Traveling Exhibition Program, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nevada State Legislature.